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  1. It’s also possible to demonstrate that method X or product Y changes a violin tone even if nothing is new. One can intentionally or subconsciously play near the fingerboard, scrape a little, and then play near the bridge. Success! A change in tone.
  2. Why not try Kaplan art craft from D’Addario? It’s inexpensive and works well.
  3. This has been a very educational thread on plate modes and graduation, arching, etc. I thought Fry's work sounded like snake oil, but hearing your collective theories reinforced my initial reaction. Thank you, all.
  4. The Wittners do not have threads, they are pushed in tight and there is a plastic "barb" that grabs the wood. That barb can get worn down over time.
  5. That's what I get for posting from my phone! I'm going to leave it, for comedic value.
  6. David and Don, Thank you both. I'm a chemist and the science behind his assertions was dubious, I just wanted to hear from some well-respected makers as well. David's recent comment about time/age being a major factor is probably one of the biggest--and hardest to test--factors in why old violins sound so good. That, and psychology.
  7. I just read a book called "Cremona Violins" written about William "Jack" Fry. It contained some interesting history, some physics, and many dubious claims. The thesis of the book was that the cremonese masters must have adjusted violin thickness on the inside after completing the violin (varnish, etc). To keep the thread from spiraling out of control, I wanted to ask specifically if anyone has tried this method. In the book, many grand claims of graduation measurements were made, and the author (not Fry) asserted that Fry saw the same internal scraping tool at the museum in Cremona. You too, apparently, can take an old german violin and produce a del gesu in sound (sarcasm). As a fellow scientist, I found Fry's claims to be unscientific, but I was curious from makers on MN, does anyone actually adjust sound on a finished instrument this way, or does one focus more on traditional setup at that point. For what it's worth, I'm completely happy with my violin, and I'm not expecting to suddenly transform it with a coat hanger and some sandpaper.
  8. I read MN every day to just get a little smarter about this little wooden box that I play. Thank you to all the decent folks who answer questions!
  9. Dotted rhythms work really well, as it forces your brain to group things together. It never fails.
  10. When Leo Fender sold Fender Musical Instruments to CBS, it began a dark era for the company and their products. If the company is interested is just owning Steinway and providing capital when needed for improvements, then the product won't suffer. But if a bean counter or two get in the mix, it could go downhill. There have been other cases of chinese firms buying US companies in part to secure supply for their country. That could be a good thing for Steinway, as there are a lot of people there (china) with money to burn.
  11. Luanne is amazing, I love her tone and her playing.
  12. I play guitar and violin and I can tell you this: take lessons. The two instruments are nothing alike. The guitar requires much less skill than a violin, as intonation becomes an issue with the latter.
  13. That book is full of opinion—and I’ll leave it at that.
  14. You've been told incorrectly, unfortunately. If you search violin ID threads here, where experts reply and identify an instrument's origin, many things are needed to piece together the puzzle. Corner blocks, labels, corners, the scroll, pegbox, button, etc. All of it comes together.
  15. Jackson, Thank you. I was also concerned about the harshness of the sealant, since it would be touching my face for over an hour a day.
  16. I just ordered a chinrest and tailpiece from Dov-music, made of castel boxwood, which is apparently some kind of south american hardwood. My last "boxwood" fittings were probably jujube or something similar, and stained a deep red after long exposure to my skin and beard. I'd like to seal my new fittings to prevent this. The new wood material may already be resistant to discoloration, but I wasn't sure if people routinely seal the chinrest and tailpiece, and if so, with what? Thank you.
  17. Thanks, everyone. I was not sure if it was worth bothering with, since I could spend the time cleaning it by practicing!
  18. Hello MN! i have a violin with boxwood fittings. I have noticed that the chinrest is noticeably darker/redder, as is the tailpiece portion where my beard touches it. Seven months into owning this violin, all the boxwood that comes in contact with my skin is much darker than it used to be. The tailpiece by the strings is much lighter, as is the underside of the chinrest. The pegs, which I replaced with Wittner Finetunes, serve as a “color control”. I’ve looked at photos of my instrument when it was new and it’s not my imagination. I guess the boxwood is absorbing sweat and oil. I was curious if this is common and if there is a way to clean the boxwood? I love this violin and I have no intention of changing the fittings. I now use a cloth to protect my skin and the boxwood from each other. I can live with the discoloration, although I do miss that beautiful boxwood color. I’m attaching a photo for reference. You can see the original color at the top of the tailpiece.
  19. For a scraper, what about a plastic guitar pick? Same thickness/hardness as a credit card, but in my case in abundance around the house.
  20. Have you ever thought about selling your instruments.
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